Tropical storm could batter the South on Sunday

A tropical storm that has been battering the Caribbean has a 60% chance of hitting the south of England, the Met Office has warned.

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Dramatic video shows Kent supermarket's roof collapse

This video shows the sections of the roof of a Kent supermarket collapse under the weight of the heavy rain.

Morrisons in Maidstone was evacuated and had to close after sections of the roofing gave way in the store.

Parts of the roof at Morrisons in Maidstone caved in during the heavy rainfall Credit: Ian Duffus

It comes after Asda in Sittingbourne, Kent, also had to close its doors because of rain coming through the ceiling.


Shops forced to close because of flooding

Shops in the Kent area have been evacuated and forced to close after they could not cope with the extreme weather conditions.

Asda in Sittingbourne was evacuated after heavy rainfall caused lots of water to fall through the roof.

There are reports the Morrisons in Maidstone has been closed after sections of the roof collapsed and Wetherspoons in Sittingbourne has been closed due to flooding.

Video credit: Charlotte Thurston

Hailstorm hits Hampshire

Hail has littered the ground in Alton Credit: Wow photography

A sudden hailstorm hit parts of Hampshire this afternoon - as part of the ex- Bertha hurricane that has come from the Carribean coast.

Many areas have been experiencing heavy rain and strong winds - but in Alton, Hampshire, a hail storm has taken hold.

Some of the fallen hail - showing just how big it is in comparison to a 10p Credit: Wow photography


Heavy rain floods Kent roads

The downpours have caused flooding throughout Kent Credit: SKLR

Today's downpours have caused flooding throughout the south and the Met Office has predicted nearly 50mm of rainfall.

Kent has been particularly affected - with roads being flooded and rain continuing.

Flooding has built up on the ground in parts of Kent Credit: SKLR
Due to the flooding, all trains are cancelled at Sittingbourne Viaduct Credit: SKLR

Strong winds delay the start of sailing race

Jankees Lampe's Open 40, La Promesse (NED) and other yachts tied to the dock on the day they were meant to start the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

Strong winds caused by the remains of Ex-hurricane Bertha have postponed the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

The race was due to start in Cowes on the Isle of Wight today, but will now begin at 9am tomorrow.

The Royal Racing Club, which runs the event, had already changed the route from clockwise to anti-clockwise around the British Isles yesterday because of Bertha.

New photos from the organisers show wind speeds of 28 knots within Cowes Yacht Haven, with expected winds of 40 knots (46mph) with gusts in excess of 50 knots (57mph) in the English Channel.

Instruments on one of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race boats showing true wind speed of 28.1 knots in the sheltered position of Cowes Yacht Haven Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

Roads flooded in Sittingbourne after storm

Flooding at bottom of Charlotte Street in Sittingbourne, Kent Credit: Harvey Melia

Driving conditions in parts of Kent are reported to be hazardous after the remains of Ex-hurricane Bertha hit the county.

Many roads, including Charlotte Street in Sittingbourne, were under water after heavy rain earlier today.

There are also reports that two supermarkets evacuated shoppers - Asda in Sittingbourne and Morrisons in Maidstone - after rain started to fall through the roof.

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